Dealing with Challenging Dialysis Patient Situations
A Practical Handbook of Expert Guidance New!
Resource Book Created Specifically to Help You...
All who work with challenging dialysis patient situations.
Sample Policies, Forms, Agreements, and Letters
Over 250 pages
Praise for the Book
Praise for the book has come from all areas of the dialysis community: social workers, administrators, nurse managers, medical directors, renal nurses and the ESRD Networks.
"This book is excellent, both in content and in approachable, easily understood layout. The general principals and the very specific examples cover the universe. The disk is a valuable accessory."
John H. Sadler, MD, Independent Dialysis Foundation
"This well-timed book contains rich and diverse content that can be used by all members of the ESRD team. It contains many practical day-to-day applications for both new and veteran staff members."
Jerry Fuller, Executive Director, ESRD Network 8
"This book is very well thought out and comprehensive. The background information will help both staff and management understand the dialysis setting from the patient's point of view. Good discussion of patient/staff relationships and the importance of acting professionally. The sample documents on diskette have been very helpful."
Don Redmon, Regional Administrator, Total Renal Care, Inc.
Purpose of this Book
List of 42 Sample Documents
Unique Dialysis Environment
Who Can Benefit?
Table of Contents
Purpose of this Book
The purpose of this book is to provide practical tools to nephrology professionals who deal with challenging patient siutations.
List of 42 Sample Documents Included in the Book
The environment at a dialysis unit is unique in that the lives of the healthcare providers and the patients are curiously intertwined. It is an environment where lives are being positively and negatively impacted each day.
It is an environment where the struggles ensue. The struggle of the dialysis patients against end stage renal disease, and the struggle of staff members to provide care under sometimes difficult circumstances. Dealing with the challenging patient is never easy. Unfortunately, there are no quick fix answers and methods to resolving the problems that you may encounter with some patients.
However, understanding what causes a patient to be difficult and remembering why you are "here" can go a long way in helping to deal with the challenging situations.
There are many causes and considerations that play into and create each difficult situation. Our role and responsibility is to determine the core problems and what can be done about them.
Who Can Benefit from this Book?
The audience for this valuable resource guide includes administrators, social workers, nurse managers, and all other personnel in the dialysis clinic who have direct interaction with the patients. This book is designed to be a handy reference guide which should be available in every dialysis clinic. Also, it is a resource guide for creating appropriate documents need to deal with challenging patient situations at any dialysis clinic. An electronic version of the sample documents is included in the book so it is very easy to customize the documents for your exact needs.
Book Author - Mary Rau-Foster, RN BS ARM JD
This book is written by Mary Rau-Foster, RN BS ARM JD. Mary is president and founder of Foster Seminars and Communications LLC. She is an attorney, an author, a nationally known speaker with an extensive background in medical malpractice and formerly a nurse (in nephrology). She conducts seminars and workshops on medical-legal issues, personnel issues and motivational topics.
Mary has also been trained in mediation and conflict resolution. Mary has served as corporate counsel and director of risk management in the healthcare field.
Book Table of Contents
I have given talks on dealing with challenging patients throughout the country over the last several years. I was impressed with the willingness and desire of dialysis health care professionals to learn more about the causes of challenging behaviors and how to effectively deal with them. I listened as staff members and patients alike shared their stories about the problems, conflicts, and frustrations in the dialysis setting. At times, there was a sense of hopelessness as they described situations that seemed incapable of being resolved and conflicts that seemed intractable. Some dialysis staff members have felt the need to seek employment elsewhere due to unresolved frustrations or fear of abusive and threatening patients. Some patients describe the dread of going to a dialysis facility where the employee morale is low and the tension is high. They fear for their safety and well-being.
This book project came out of an awareness of the need for some practical suggestions on how to handle challenging patient situations. While there are no magical answers or formulas that can be used in each difficult situation, having guidelines and background information about challenging patient situations may be helpful to dialysis professionals. The primary focus of this book is aimed at developing an understanding of the causes and factors contributing to challenging patient situations. It is designed to be used as a guideline by dialysis facility staff. It was created with the intent of being an overview and, therefore, it is not intended to be an exhaustive treatment of the subjects presented in this book. Some of the topics received less attention than others. This should not be interpreted as assigning less importance or meaning to those topics, but only that the focus of this book was on other areas. To that end, the books and articles listed in the bibliography may provide the reader with the additional information needed or desired.
Recognizing that many facilities lack the time to be able to create tools that could be used when confronting and dealing with difficult patient situations, some sample policies, forms, letters, and agreements have been created and included in this book. To make these tools easier to use, they are also provided on a computer disk for quick access. These sample documents should be adapted to meet the individual facility's needs and to comply with the facility's policies, practices, or philosophy. It was our desire to create a book that would be helpful and beneficial to the dialysis staff. It was also our desire that implementing the suggestions in this book will help to improve the quality of patient-staff relationships and the dialysis environment. We trust that this will be the case at your facility.
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